Title: Black Orchid Summary: A doctor's ex-wife dies of nicotine poison. Directed by: Charles Saunders Actors: Ronald Howard, Olga Edwardes, John Bentley Production Company: Kenilworth Film Productions Release Date: February 1953 (UK) Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
October 11, 2019 Subject:
Wives, Never Invite Your Cute Younger Sister Home
A tight little (57:37) suspense-murder mystery carried by the three attractive women in the film: Mary Laura Wood as the tightly wound, sharp-tongued, soon to be divorcee; Olga Edwardes as her sweet and sharp younger sister, who quickly becomes involved with Wood's husband; and Sheila Burrell as the Wood's dedicated maid. They each nuanced and emotionally charged performances. Ronald Howard, on the other hand, is cool and even-tempered even when jailed for murder - his emotive range is from flat, but he certainly did enjoy kissing Edwardes. A twist here, a turn there and the least likely person turns out to be a murderer. And there is a bit of a surprise ending. 4 stars for the ladies.